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Meanwhile, in Montreal…

Three artists – all women – have been awarded prizes by the City of Montreal. Alana Riley, At the Blackwatch, 2004-2007. Image: redbull381projects.com Alana Riley is an artist whose work I’ve been keeping an eye on.  She has won the Prix Pierre-Ayot, which is presented by the city in collaboration with the Art Dealers Association (AGAC), to an artist under
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Seen at the Toronto International Art Fair…

There was quite a good vibe at the art fair in Toronto this weekend. While Toronto’s fair pales in comparison to those in Miami or London or New York, it’s less useful to compare them, and better to focus on the fantastic young Canadian talent to be found. Mike Bayne, Untitled, from the series God, Shelter, Oil Painting and Hockey,
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Loved: Guillermo Gomez-Pena & James Luna in Performance

Last night we went to a performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, who we had seen a few years ago at MOCCA and blogged about HERE, this time together with the American First Nations artist James Luna. Guillermo Gomez-Pena with curator Philip Monk. Image: VoCA La Nostalgia Remix is the last in a series of projects called The Shame-man meets El Mexican’t,
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Mirror, Mirror in the Trees

Here is another example of how art and life – through design – are drawing closer together all the time. Mirror has a long history in art going back to at least the Renaissance and of course more recently the wonderful pieces by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Michael Snow, David Altmejd and Jeff Wall, among many, many others. Over the past
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Artist Rebecca Belmore Sued by Toronto Dealer

By now it’s all over the web. The story began when Anishnaabe artist Rebecca Belmore yelled “I quit!” after a performance outside the VAG in Vancouver last Saturday titled WORTH (–statement of Defence), leading many in the art world to think that she may well do just that, frustrated as she is by an ongoing legal battle with her Toronto
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Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven

Here’s my review of Ross King‘s excellent book on the Group of Seven, in the current issue of Quill and Quire. It’s also at the Quill and Quire website, HERE. Image: mcmichael.com Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven by Ross King From a young age, Canadians learn about our country’s most famous painting movement in art
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Four Directions: A Video Exhibtion at the Brickworks, Toronto

I’m working on a video exhibition with the public art organization No. 9 Contemporary Art & the Environment. It’s called Four Directions, and its opening will coincide with the opening of Evergreen at the Brickworks, Toronto. SUNDAY September 26, 2010 – December 31, 2010 The exhibition is designed to reflect the mandate of the public art organization No. 9: that contemporary
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Loved: Hahn / Cock by Katharina Fritsch

I love this proposal by German artist Katharina Fritsch for London’s Fourth Plinth. I love that it appears to be in International Klein Blue, which I blogged about a while ago. Katharina Fritsch, Hahn / Cock. Image: london.gov.uk As you probably know, the empty plinth has been a site for artistic proposals over the past few years, including Rachel Whiteread,
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Canadian Curator Abroad: Alissa Firth-Eagland

DECONSTRUCT – PERCEIVE – ACT – QUESTION Speaking of young artists, I recently ran into the young, formerly-Toronto based curator Alissa Firth-Eagland, who had been living in Europe for the past two years and who was back in town for a few weeks of studio visits before taking off again.Firth-Eagland, second from left, with her fellow participants of the Curatorial
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Julian Schnabel at Toronto International Film Fest

I saw Julian Schnabel introduce his film Before Night Falls, about the Cuban novelist Reinaldo Arenas when it had its North American premiere at TIFF in 2000; the artist and filmmaker shuffled up onto the stage in his bathrobe and slippers and gave a highly entertaining Q and A. Artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel. Image: salon.com This year, he’s back
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